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Sunrise Readers Book 1 Friends Resources

Sunrise Readers Book 1 Friends

Resources to support teachers and parents in using Sunrise Readers Book 1 Friends are to be found here. Please comment and share ideas. It’s our earnest desire to encourage and support you in this all-important venture – teaching young ones to read!

  • Powerpoint presentation of the Sunrise Children
  • Free downloadable worksheets for Activity Pages 12, 25 and 43
  • Read, write and colour worksheets Tatenda, David, Chipo & Jenny
  • Colour, read and write Pages 1 – 10.
  • Large classroom wordlist flashcards
  • Small and 3×3 wordlist flashcards
  • Character picture and name cards for matching and games
  • My first word book – free downloadable pdf by D. Green
  • How to use this book – What to do before giving the children their first reader!

Power point presentation: Meet the Sunrise Children

For those fortunate enough to have access to media in the home or classroom, this short powerpoint contains slides of the Sunrise Children, Tatenda, Chipo, David and Jenny – and their dog, Rex. This presentation will be particularly useful when first introducing the children. Suggestion: Initially spend one whole lesson each day thoroughly introducing the characters. Do your best to bring each one alive for your learner/s. We hope the Sunrise children will become each young learner’s best friends!

Display Tatenda. Using questioning, introduce Tatenda to your learner/s:

This is Tatenda. How old do you think Tatenda is? (We think he and David are about 8 years old.) What is Tatenda wearing? What room in the house is Tatenda in? How do you know this? What do you think Tatenda’s favourite colour may be? (There’s lots of blue in the furnishing!) Do you like Tatenda’s bedroom? Why, or why not? What is he playing with? Have you ever played with one of those? What do you see on the floor? How does this work? Have you played with one of these? Look at Tatenda’s toys. What do you see? (Talk about the toy construction vehicles and cars, and what they do.) What do you see hanging from the ceiling? By looking at Tatenda’s toys, what do you think Tatenda is most interested in? What might he want to be when he grows up? Why? Do you think Tatenda is a tidy or untidy boy? Why? Do you think Tatenda is a friendly boy? Why? Would you like to be his friend? There are many other questions you can ask to encourage the children to engage with Tatenda. e.g. If you went to play with Tatenda, which of his toys would you like to play with?

Remember to click the side arrow to initiate the text and audio, and to go to the next slide!

Book 1 has three activity pages. We have reproduced these for you so that you can download and print them (we imagine cost-effectively in black and white) for the children to write on. A blank line is included under each task for the child to copy the word/s to add more reinforcement/practice to the task.

We have also provided a short powerpoint presentation, for teachers who have facilities available in the classroom. Remember, the Sunrise Readers Big Book 1 – Friends – is also available for purchase. These are extremely useful for demonstration and display purposes in the classroom.

Please find our Activity Pages to download and print as worksheets by clicking the links below:

Book 1 Activity Page 12: Make words with ook:

Activity Page 25: Make Words with r c d p:

Activity Page 43 Make words with un:

Read, write and colour free downloadable worksheets Tatenda, David, Chipo & Jenny

Free downloadable Read, Write and Colour worksheets

Colour, read and write Pages 1 – 10 free downloadable worksheets.

More colouring and less reading and writing in these free downloadable worksheets

Flashcards/ Word Cards

The above flashcards/word cards are printed in the same font as is used in the Sunrise Readers text. They are large enough to be used with a large group of children. Remember to glue the lower-case word to the back of the same uppercase word so that you can flip it over and assist the learners in memorising the word, beginning with both upper case and lower case letters – as they will encounter them in Sunrise Readers Book 1 – Friends. Detailed instructions are included in the above PDF.

The above small flashcards are useful to be sent home with learners to review with their family members or care-givers. They are also useful for games as individuals or pairs. See detailed instructions for use of these in the PDF above.


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    • sunrisereaders on May 21, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      Is there any way we can assist you?

      • Vimbai on Jul 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm

        Please am in SA and would love to buy the sunrise readers series books. Where can I get thwn

        Regards Vimbai

        • Sunrise Readers on Jul 17, 2021 at 5:18 pm

          Hi Vimbai – please send your order to Specify which Sunrise Readers you are interested in – Sunrise Readers Books 1 – 10; 11 – 20, Sunrise Readers Blue and Red Books. Request a price list and you will be sent a Pro Forma Invoice. Books are sent from PostNet to PostNet – courier costs around R130.00 including handling. Very best wishes.

  3. Kevin Honde on Apr 30, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Thank you for the support resources to your great books series…

    • sunrisereaders on May 21, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you, Kevin. We are working on producing more resources to support our wonderful educators and parents in this very important task – teaching reading. Very best wishes to you.

  4. Farisai on Aug 3, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    please may you please email me the price list from book 1-20. i want to buy the whole set

    • Sunrise Readers on Aug 3, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Farisai – Thank you for your inquiry. I need to know where you are located, as I can only supply a price list for South Africa. Prices differ from South Africa/ Zimbabwe/ Zambia/ Botswana/ Mozambique due to transport. I will be able to tell you where to purchase the books out of SA. Very best wishes. Vivian

  5. Sharon musenguri on Apr 21, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Your books are very useful

    • Sunrise Readers on Apr 21, 2022 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you for your comment! We are so glad that you find the Sunrise Readers useful. We have so much encouraging feedback about how much the children enjoy them, and what an effective and efficient “tool” they are in the teaching of reading. Best regards!

  6. Marcia on Apr 25, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Hi,im in South Africa im intrested in the sunrise books 1-10 were cn i purchase them,email me the prices and other info please

    • Vivian Jenkins on Jun 20, 2022 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Marcia. Sorry – I’ve just seen your comment now. I will email you directly.

  7. Katie Neguyuni on May 7, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Would love to purchase these books, 1-10, I’m based in Joburg, may you please send me a quote yo my email.

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